Sexy, sublime and scintillating: Diesel’s Fall/Winter 2022 offering was a skin-baring collection chock-full of denim and leather, ready to take on the cold season. With the lights low and the eerie echoes of heavy breathing reverberating around the room, guests anxiously waited for the spectacle to start. Throughout the vast events’ space, enormous AR people sat, layed, and squatted in between seating, evoking the uncanny valley.
Backed by a high-intensity techno score, models began their promenade, stomping down the red carpeted floor, covered from head to toe in all things denim: cast into oversized floor-length jackets, moulded into catsuits, layered mishappenly and worked into bustiers. Micro mini skirts crafted from both leather and denim, looked like layered belts buckling around the hips, while slinky iridescent knitwear took on co-ords and kaleidoscopic frocks. One model was painted completely crimson with silver glitter peppered over her skin – allowing for the light wash, distressed denim she wore to make its mark.
Sure to fly off the shelves, padded jackets and popcorn tops came in iterations of sunshine yellow, steel grey, royal blue and clementine. Despite the fact that waistlines were low, hip-bones were exposed and co-ord sets conquered, the threads on display were all injected with the same medicine – an utterly effective antidote to the extremely Y2K trends of recent years.
As well as the graphic tops that infiltrated the edit, creative director Glenn Martens threw in brand new silhouettes, opting for jumbo frilled outerwear that resembled fur – the bigger the better. Elsewhere, reinforced moto-trousers and auto industry prints were layered with puffer coats, fur-lined and embossed, complimented by ski-high stilettos or hyper-tech trainers. Asymmetric cuts also came to the fore, adding a certain quirkiness to the otherwise stellar street assemblage. The entire set felt hardcore and self-assured, yet absolutely jubilant.
The collection was confident and creative, flirting with sex appeal and bringing casual vibes to the table. Effortlessly wearable, it felt like a revved up selection of suave garms undoubtedly designed to be snapped up fast by the It-girls and coolboys of 2022. So put that pedal to the metal because this was an impressive showing, starting off Milan the right way. There isn’t a doubt in our minds – Diesel is set to dominate.
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